A three-member Rotary team spelled the Latin word “cincture” — which means a cord or sash of cloth worn around an ecclesiastical vestment or the habit of a religious person — correctly and took home the top prize in the Rotary Club of North Ascension’s annual corporate spelling bee Aug. 27 in the Cypress Room at Frank’s Restaurant in Prairieville.
The Gonzales Rotary’s winning team included President Tim Pujol, Rotarian Rebecca Mouk and Dr. Diane Kirby. The Gonzales Rotary team beat 12 other teams, including the runner-up, Commerce Title. When Commerce Title missed “perspicacious,” the Gonzales Rotary team was given the word “poltroonery,” which it misspelled. It was the only word the team missed during the competition, a news release from the Rotary Club said. Commerce Title, however, was also unable to spell it correctly, giving the Gonzales Rotary the chance to spell cincture.
Before the competition, Tanya Barnett Whitney spoke to Gonzales Rotarians during the Aug. 26 meeting to raise awareness for the Ascension Veterans Memorial Park, which she said the community still doesn’t know exists. Bricks can be purchased to honor deceased veterans. The bricks, which once were on the walkway of the park, were moved to the rear wall of the park’s amphitheater to prevent damage and wear to them. Whitney said money is needed to make repairs to the sprinkler system and to install a water recollection system for the park’s fountain.
Whitney is a graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University with a master’s degree in aeronautical science in operations and safety. She retired from the U.S. Army in 2010 as a master sergeant after serving nearly 28 years. She is the chairwoman of the Ascension Veterans Memorial Park Committee and recently began a campaign to highlight the history of Ascension Parish veterans.